Monday, January 13, 2014

Recommend A... Book with a Musically Talented Character

I am trying something new (well, really I am reviving something old) on the blog today! When I first started blogging, I participated in Recommend A..., a meme in which bloggers recommend a book that falls under a specific category. Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit originally hosted it, but her busy schedule made her unable to continue. When the lovely Vy of Vy's Blog brought the meme back a few weeks ago, I decided I had to start participating again, and I have finally gotten around to doing so.

Expect to see more of these coming up in addition to my regular posting. Also, I know there have been more posts than usual between my last review and my next, but that is because a lot of exciting things happened recently. 2014 arrived, I announced the winner of my first giveaway, I participated in a fun wintry event (and hosted two more still-running giveaways), and I went to New York City! A review will be up tomorrow, I promise.

Without further ado, here is today's prompt and my recommendation.

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Recommend A... 
Book with a Musically Talented Character
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Release: October 18, 2011 from Simon Pulse
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....
I have done a lot of Jessica Martinez evangelizing, especially to Summer of Blue Sky Bookshelf, since discovering her books, and I will continue to do so because she deserves so much more attention than she gets. In Virtuosity, Martinez shows readers the applause-punctuated world of an exceptionally gifted musician and does a fantastic job of portraying what the pressure of that world can do. As a musician of a much lower caliber, I found Carmen's life to be fascinating, and I know that even non-musical people will love reading about her.

What are your favorite books about musically talented people? I love reading about musicians, so I am open to recommendations!

10 comments:

  1. Oooh great idea! I love a musical book. I enjoyed The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr last year. Continuing with the gifted pianist theme, there's also A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma and Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral. I loved The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson featuring a host of talented musicians.Rival by Sara Bennett Wheeler and The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding both focus on musical theatre. There are so many!

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    1. I LOVED Chopsticks, really enjoyed The Lucy Variations, and am now going to look up the other books you listed. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  2. I haven't read this book! Will have to check it out soon because i love reading music books.

    Thanks so much for participating :D

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my Recommend A. :)

    I remember hearing about this a couple of years ago when it came out, but for some reason I never picked it up. But I will definitely be adding it back to my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

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    1. I'm so glad to have influenced you in a positive way regarding this book. :)

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  4. This book is one I still haven't read! You've mentioned it to me, but I just haven't gotten a chance to yet. :( I definitely need to bump this up on my TBR list! The cover of this book really gets your attention, doesn't it? I like it! :)

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    1. Yes! I'm excited for you to read it, and I hope you like it as much as I did! You're so right about the cover - it's very dramatic.

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  5. If I Stay would be my top pick for this category. Thanks for putting out the post.

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    1. Ooh, If I Stay is a good one. Thank YOU for commenting!

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